INDIANAPOLIS — It was a violent few hours early Wednesday morning across Indianapolis with five people shot in a three hour period in different parts of the city.
The first shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. in the parking lot of a White Castle in downtown Indianapolis. Witnesses told police they heard an argument outside the restaurant minutes before the shooting took place. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers say two Clark County judges were involved in that argument and both men were shot. One judge was rushed to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition. The other judge was rushed to Methodist Hospital in serious condition.
Police say the judges were in Indianapolis for a conference. The state's Spring Judicial College begins in Indianapolis Wednesday morning.
The Indiana Supreme Court issued the following statement Wednesday morning after hearing news of the shootings:
"Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush received terrible news this morning that two Indiana judicial officers were victims of a shooting overnight. The Indiana Judicial Branch holds educational conferences throughout the year and judges from across the state are in Indianapolis for one of the continuing education learning sessions that begins today. Chief Justice Rush expressed her deep sadness upon learning of this violence and is meeting with the victims’ families."
The second shooting happened just after 5:30 a.m. at a home on Cloverleaf Terrace. Police say one person was shot and taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The cause and details surrounding that shooting have not been released.
The third shooting happened around 6 a.m. at a home on North Linwood Avenue. Police say a man and a woman were shot and a third person claimed they were pistol-whipped nearby. The man was taken to Methodist Hospital in serious condition. The woman was taken to Methodist Hospital with unknown injuries. A fourth victim was taken to the hospital a short time later with unknown injuries.
Officers at the scene say they found nearly a dozen bullet holes in the rear of the residence on Linwood Avenue but the details surrounding the shooting and any possible suspects are unclear at this time.
If you have any information on this shooting or any other crime contact IMPD or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.